Have you ever realized that the thought of going back to school after the vacations is often proceeded by the feelings of happiness and excitement that come at the thought of buying new things? From books to lunch boxes, children like to hand pick each and everything that they might need. Mothers too are busy planning their meals and what they would be getting for their lunch breaks in school. Today, bringing a lunch box to school is taken as the most natural thing to do but had it always been like this? What got this whole tradition to start and how have the lunch boxes changed over the years? It was because of questions like these that I got to dig around for the right answers.
They weren’t meant for kids
As much as it might come to surprise you, the lunch boxes initially were not meant for the kids at all. They were designed for the workers who were working hard on their blue-collar jobs most of the day. Carrying lunch boxes of their own allowed them to eat a hearty meal at work without having to travel or waste money doing so. This way even if the work location was far away, they still would have enough food with them to last them all day.
Introduced during the 1800s, the Personalized Lunch Boxes were more like metal boxes that were carried by workers often representing their economic status for them. It, however, was soon making the kids follow the lead and imitate their parents who have been working hard to provide for them.
It wasn’t too late that the kids were seen using their own creativity to create customized lunch boxes for themselves. The cookie holders, biscuit boxes and just about anything that came in the form of a box was used as a lunch box by them. In free time, they would adorably decorate these metallic pails to take to school with them. The first ever lunch boxes that were designed and manufactured for kids had pictures of kids playing and looked more like picnic baskets.
How things changed
If you remember, a decade ago the lunch boxes were designed using various cartoon characters the kids could relate to. Since the motive by now had changed to make them eat healthy nutritious meals at school, the personalized lunch boxes had to be designed in ways that would have them eagerly opening up the metal boxes at school. The first ever character to ever appear on a lunch box was a mickey mouse and here we are talking about the year 1935. Before then, the lunch Boxes Wholesale had pictures of various scenes the kids would find interesting. It was after 1935, that the lunch boxes began to have designs that the kids would like. Soon afterward, it was the Aladdin that was taking over the hall of fame for the kids. A decade later and you would be seeing Aladdin character both at the front and back of these lunch boxes. It was done in a manner that would create a 3D effect which was almost surreal for the kids back then.
Things changed by 1970s
However, by 1970, companies were realizing that the metal boxes were not helping them generate revenues the way they had anticipated. The overall cost of the production way surpassed the money generated at times. This led to them thinking of ways that would cut the cost price for them and help them make more profits.
The natural route of action, therefore, was to give up the metallic personalized lunch boxes in the favor or those made from plastic or other cheaper materials. This not only helped them save but made customized lunch boxes more affordable for the common man. There was an attempt by a few companies later by the end of the 20th century to bring back metal Boxes but it failed to generate the kind of response they had expected.
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